Definition of Taste

Pronunciation: tāst
v. t.1.To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow.
[imp. & p. p. Tasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tasting.]
Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find.
- Chaucer.
2.To try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine.
- John ii. 9.
When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse.
- Gibbon.
3.To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
I tasted a little of this honey.
- 1 Sam. xiv. 29.
4.To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo.
He . . . should taste death for every man.
- Heb. ii. 9.
5.To partake of; to participate in; - usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure.
Thou . . . wilt taste
No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine.
2.To have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to have a particular quality or character; as, this water tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic.
Yea, every idle, nice, and wanton reason
Shall to the king taste of this action.
- Shak.
3.To take sparingly.
For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.
- Dryden.
4.To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty.
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of tasting; gustation.
2.A particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an acid taste; a sweet taste.
3.(Physiol.) The one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste.
4.Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; - formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study.
I have no taste
Of popular applause.
- Dryden.
5.The power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment.
6.Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste.
7.Essay; trial; experience; experiment.
8.A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tasted or eaten; a bit.
9.A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.
What, then, is taste, but those internal powers,
Active and strong, and feelingly alive
To each fine impulse? a discerning sense
Of decent and sublime, with quick disgust
From things deformed, or disarranged, or gross
In species? This, nor gems, nor stores of gold,
Nor purple state, nor culture, can bestow,
But God alone, when first his active hand
Imprints the secret bias of the soul.
- Akenside.
Taste buds
(Anat.) the flask-shaped end organs of taste in the epithelium of the tongue. They are made up of modified epithelial cells arranged somewhat like leaves in a bud.

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